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Student Perspective to SEP Certification: Raksha Poondicherry Mani, ASEP

Sep 23, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with Raksha Poondicherry Mani, a student at ISAE SUPAERO which talks about her experience and perspective towards SEP certification as a certified student. Happy SEPtember!


This interview was conducted in 2022. 

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am currently working as a Solution Architect intern for the World-Wide Value Engagement team at Dassault Systemès in Paris.        

Q2. What are your next career goals?

» I aim to continue work in the field of systems engineering primarily focusing on applications in the Aerospace industry. With the upcoming innovations with respect to sustainability and hybrid propulsion techniques, the complexity of aircraft systems is bound to increase and many times this also leads to reduction of safety. I wish to contribute to this field by using the MBSE and MBSA approaches, thereby handling system complexity without compromising the safety factor.   

Q3. What have you learned about systems engineering in school?

» At my school I had opted for a Majors in Systems Engineering. Therefore, through different courses I was introduced to System Modelling and Analysis, Requirements Engineering and the importance of V-cycle. We also had lectures from Airbus, that provided an insight into how complex is system development in real-life and how the MBSE approach is helping the aerospace industry with complex system development.      

Q4. What interests you about systems engineering?

» I am particularly interested by how systems engineering provides an efficient traceability right from the capture of stakeholder needs until the end of the system life. The traceability between the system functions and the system design stages is crucial and this helps in reducing rework time and provides cost benefits too.

Q5. What motivated you to get SEP certification?

» The SEP certification by the INCOSE is a universally recognized certification, helping me prove my competence and knowledge in the different aspects of systems engineering. In addition to this, by receiving several newsletter and attending conferences organized by INCOSE, it provides an opportunity to interact and exchange insights with the systems engineering experts working in different fields. 

Q6. How did preparing for the knowledge exam help you deepen your understanding of systems engineering?» During the days of the preparation of SEP certification exam, I was introduced to the different technical and technical management processes, which I was not aware of in that level of detail. And, also with the introduction of the modern approaches adopted in the industries nowadays, the INCOSE handbook is rightly called the Bible for systems engineering.
Q7. What is your advice for students and research professionals pursuing SEP certification?

» As a student or a research professional, one is exposed to the fields of modelling, simulation and other such aspects of systems engineering. However, with the theoretical knowledge provided through the INCOSE handbook, it provides a deepened knowledge about the different aspects and this also would aid one to adopt a more strategic approach while using a modelling tool or methodology. Apart from this, the SEP certification is universally recognized and is a valuable certification on one's resume.

Q8. How can we reach out to you?

» You can reach out to me at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rakshapmani

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